David Michael Gordon "Davey" Graham originally spelled Davy Graham 26 November — 15 December was a British guitarist and one of the most influential figures in the s British folk revival. Graham is probably best known for his acoustic instrumental, " Anji " and for popularizing DADGAD tuning, later widely adopted by acoustic guitarists.
Although he never had any music theory lessons, he learnt to play the piano and harmonica as a child and then To Find The Sun - Davey Graham* - All That Moody (Vinyl up the classical guitar at the age of At the age of 19, Graham wrote what is probably his most famous composition, the acoustic Album) solo "Angi" sometimes spelled "Anji": see below.
Colin Harper credits Album) with single-handedly inventing the concept of the To Find The Sun - Davey Graham* - All That Moody (Vinyl guitar instrumental.
The tune spread through a Straight As In Love - Matanza - To Hell With Johnny Cash of aspiring guitarists, changing its spelling as it went. Before the record was released, Bert Jansch had learnt it from a tape borrowed from Len Partridge. Jansch included it on his debut album as "Angie". Anji soon became a rite of passage for many acoustic finger-style guitarists.
Arlen Roth has recorded "Anji" on two separate albums of his. His continuous touring of the world as a beat mystic traveller, picking up and then recording different styles of music for the guitar, has resulted in many musicians crediting him with founding world music.
Quizzed, for instance, on his introduction of a chord progression into an Arabic maqamhis amiable retort was to the effect that, if he felt like it and it sounded alright, why shouldn't he? Graham married the American singer Holly Gwinn in the late s and recorded the albums The Holly Kaleidosope and Godington Boundary with her inshortly before Gwinn had to return to the USA and he was unable to follow her, because of his visa problem due to a marijuana conviction.
For several years he was on the executive council of Mind  and he was involved for some time with the mystic Osho Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. In he recorded All That Moodyessentially a private pressing that remains his most collectible vinyl record owing to its "moody" nature and rarity. He continued to play concerts, but dedicated the main thrust of his life to studying languages; he was fluent in Gaelic, French, and Greek and could hold his own in Turkish.
He collected poems and folk songs and would regale his neighbours. After some time he became increasingly disinhibited. His penultimate album Playing in Traffic was so titled as he was frustrated by trying to learn Bach in the noise of 11 Lyme St, Camden where a boatyard used to operate on the canal just outside his bedroom.
Many people sought out Graham over the years and tried Album) encourage him to return to the stage to play live; the last of this long line of seekers was Mark Pavey[ citation needed ] who arranged some outings with guitarists and old friends including Bert JanschDuck Baker and Martin Carthy.
These concerts were typically eclectic, with Graham playing a mix of acoustic blues, Romanian dance tunes, Irish pipe tunes, songs from South Africa and pieces by Bach.
Graham was diagnosed with lung cancer in and died on 15 December of that year. He is survived by his two daughters, Mercy and Kim. In NovemberLauda: Laudate Dominum, Quoniam Bonus Est Psalmus - Die Mönche von Silos* - Gregorianische Gesänge A blue plaque was installed at his birthplace, the former Bosworth Park Infirmary building.
Graham did not seek or achieve great commercial success,   though his music received positive critical feedback and influenced folk revival artists and fellow players such as Bert JanschJohn RenbournMartin CarthyRalph McTellWizz JonesJohn MartynNick DrakeRitchie Blackmoreand Paul Simonas well as folk rock bands such as Fairport Convention and Pentangle.
Though Graham is commonly referred to as a folk musician, the diversity of his music shows strong influences from many genres. Elements of blues, jazz, and Middle Eastern music are evident To Find The Sun - Davey Graham* - All That Moody (Vinyl his work. Martin Carthy described Graham as " There was a kind of freedom. You weren't conscious of him using chord shapes at all: his fingers just seemed to run around with complete freedom on the fretboard.
A good example is his arrangement of the traditional air She Moved Through the Fairwhich he recorded live at the Troubadour in Earl's Court in The tuning provides freedom to improvise in the treble, while maintaining a solid underlying harmony and rhythm in the bass—though it restricts the number of readily playable keys.
While guitarists used "non-standard" or "non-classical" tunings before this e. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Davey Graham. Graham performing at The Troubadour with Louis Killen. London: Bloomsbury. The Times. The Guardian. The big rewards eluded him, but for many, Davy Graham was — still is — Album) man.
The To Find The Sun - Davey Graham* - All That Moody (Vinyl. Archived from the original on 26 February Retrieved 13 April Retrieved 28 February Davy Graham. I never wanted to have a following. I was never interested in the big time, just to be good Only With You - Various - Hit Parade what I was doing.
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